I’m known for praising meal prep, clean eating and daily fitness but I will be joining everybody else in the American tradition of a huge Thanksgiving meal this Thursday. My family goes ALL OUT for Thanksgiving with lunch appetizers and a classic turkey dinner. It’s a meal that I look forward to all year long and we’ll still crave it in mid June.
I read so much about having a healthy Thanksgiving and how many burpees you’ll need to do just to burn off a piece of pie. Currently, my Pinterest is a contradiction of healthy Thanksgiving recipes and decadent ways to turn leftovers into even more comfort food. It’s no wonder we feel guilty at Thanksgiving.
But I won’t feel bad about my Thanksgiving day feast and maybe you shouldn’t either. Here’s why:
- It’s just one day. Consistency is key to success for being healthy. One bad meal isn’t going to “ruin” your overall health, just like one salad doesn’t make you instantly healthy.
- I’ll keep it as one day. As much as I love leftovers, it’s best for me to get back on track immediately following Thanksgiving. It’s a great plan to avoid the continous holiday weight gain that people experience until the New Year.
- I will move my body. Last year I signed up for a half marathon on Thanksgiving morning, but this year I’m sticking to the treadmill. I won’t be sedentary this week. Try wearing a fitness tracker, signing up for a race or playing outside with the family. Being active will help you avoid the sluggish feeling that comes with fattening food.
- I’ll eat it all, but watch my portions. I can’t resist my Mom’s cooking. I can close my eyes and imagine the taste of her stuffing right now. I will eat a bit of everything she makes, but I’ll watch my portions. Check out the awesome infograph below!
So before you beat yourself up about Thanksgiving. Put it into perspective! It’s only one meal of one day in a year. If you already take a consistent approach to healthy eating and fitness, it won’t even affect your goals
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!